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Charles Co. Sheriff's Reports


LA PLATA, Md. (June 12, 2013)—The Charles County Sheriff's Office released the following incident and arrest reports.

CHILD DIES AS A RESULT OF INJURIES SUSTAINED IN CAR CRASH: On June 12, shortly after midnight, Darius Harsha, 4, of Waldorf, died as a result of injuries he sustained in a car crash that occurred on June 10 in the 9500 block of Billingsley Road in Waldorf. Harsha, along with two siblings, was a passenger in the backseat of a car being driven by his mother. A preliminary investigation showed Dominicque Marie Hodges, 25, was traveling east on Billingsley Road when she lost control of her car and struck a tree. She was flown to Washington Hospital Center where she was admitted with non life-threatening injuries. Her three children were flown to Children's National Medical Center where they were admitted: her 2-month-old girl and her 6-year-old son were admitted in critical condition but their injuries do not appear to be life-threatening. Darius was admitted with life threatening injuries and later died. Cpl. Jason Hopkins is continuing the investigating.

Police are seeking the identity of this person.
Police are seeking the identity of this person.

SEEKING ROBBERY SUSPECT'S IDENTITY: The Charles County Sheriff's Office is seeking the public's help in identifying a man responsible for robbing a convenience store in the 6200 block of Crain Highway in La Plata. A photo of the suspect was captured on a surveillance camera and Charles County Crime Solvers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the suspect's arrest.

On June 10 at 11:35 p.m., the suspect walked into the store, approached a clerk, implied he had a gun and demanded money. The clerk complied and the suspect fled.

The suspect is a white male, mid 30's to early 40's, 5'10" with a medium build, short dark hair, unshaven, wearing gray sweat pants, a black jacket and a hooded shirt.

Anyone with information about the suspect's identity should call Det. J. Austin at (301) 609-6504. Callers wishing to remain anonymous may contact Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS or Text CHARLES + your tip to CRIMES or visit http://www.ccso.us to submit a web tip.

Police are seeking the identity of this person.
Police are seeking the identity of this person. Click on photo for larger rendition.

ROBBERY: On June 3 at 9:13 p.m., a man entered a liquor store in the 11400 block of Berry Road in Waldorf, pulled a handgun and demanded money. The clerk complied and the suspect fled. Witnesses described the suspect as a black male, 6’0”, in his 20’s – 30’s, wearing a pink stocking cap, white tank top, blue jeans, and sunglasses. Anyone with information is asked to call Det. A. Celia at (301) 609-6518. Callers wishing to remain anonymous may contact Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS or Text CHARLES + your tip to CRIMES or visit http://www.ccso.us to submit a web tip. A reward of up to $1,000 is being offered for the tip that leads to an arrest of the suspect.

FIRST-DEGREE ASSAULT/CRIME SOLVERS OFFERING CASH REWARD: On June 10 at 11:40 p.m., officers responded to the 2500 block of Bolingbrook Court in Bryans Road for the report of a shooting. A preliminary investigation showed the victim, 31, was exiting his car in front of his house when an unknown person came up behind him and shot him in the upper body. The suspect fled and the victim summoned help. He was transported to a hospital where he was treated for non life-threatening injuries. Officers canvassed the area and recovered evidence. Detectives are working to establish a motive. Anyone with information is asked to call Det. B. Buchanan at (301) 609-6477. Callers wishing to remain anonymous may contact Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS or Text CHARLES + your tip to CRIMES or visit http://www.ccso.us to submit a web tip. A cash reward of up to $1,000 is being offered for information leading to the arrest of the suspect.

OFFICERS LOCATE HIT AND RUN DRIVER: On June 10 at 4:40 p.m. officers responded to a daycare center in the 12100 block of Charles Street in La Plata for the report of a hit and run crash. The driver of a 1994 Chevrolet truck backed into the support post of a porch awning in the area where children were being picked up and then fled; no one was injured. Officers canvassed the area and found the suspect's vehicle. After further investigation, the suspect was located at her house where officers also found heroin and drug paraphernalia. Nicole Ann Wood, 22, of Hughesville, was arrested and charged with 16 traffic offenses, possession of a controlled dangerous substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Officer J. Morales made the arrest.

BURGLARY: Between April 20 - June 9, unknown suspect(s) broke into a vacant house in the 9600 block of Bel Alton Road in La Plata and stole copper. Officer J. Squriewell is investigating.

THEFT FROM AUTO: On June 8, a woman reported that unknown suspect(s) stole a camera and a lens from her car which was parked in the 5200 block of Lamprey Court in Waldorf. The owner said the camera had been left in the car for about a week and she was not sure when the theft actually occurred. Officer P. Morgan, III is investigating.

OFFICERS APPREHEND WHEEL AND TIRE RIM THEFT SUSPECT: On June 5 at 4 a.m., officers responded to a new car dealer lot in the 3100 block of Crain Highway in Waldorf after a security guard spotted a suspicious person in the parking lot. Responding officers tactfully approached the area and saw a man matching the suspect's description hiding between cars. Once the man realized he had been spotted, he fled into a wooded area and refused to stop. Officers established a perimeter and the suspect was located and arrested. Officers went back to the dealership and found a Cadillac Escalade had been stripped of its wheels and rims and was sitting on concrete blocks. The tires and rims were located by the officers on the side of a nearby business. Officers also located a van the suspect was driving which turned out to be stolen from Prince George's County. The wheels were returned to the car dealer and the suspect, Brandyn Terrell Green, 27, of Washington, D.C., was arrested and charged with burglary. Cpl. J. Burroughs made the arrest.

WOMAN CHARGED WITH POSSESSION OF DRUGS AFTER CRASHING CAR: On June 5 at 7:30 p.m., officers responded to the 5000 block of Bryantown Road in Hughesville for the report of single vehicle car crash. The caller said several people were restraining the driver of the car who appeared to be under the influence. When officers arrived, the driver, Sheila Wilkerson, 34, of Brandywine, tried to run away but she was apprehended. Officers found suspected PCP and other drug paraphernalia in her car. Wilkerson was charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance and traffic charges. Cpl. M Clark made the arrest.

OFFICERS APPREHEND THEFT SUSPECTS: On May 30 at 4 p.m., officers responded to a wireless telephone store at Festival Way in Waldorf after three suspects ripped three phones from a display case and ran. The same suspects then went to another wireless phone store at Market Place and stole more phones from a display case. Two off duty MPD officers observed the thefts and followed the suspects while calling the Charles County Sheriff's Office. Officers spotted the suspects in a vehicle traveling north on Route 301. A traffic stop was initiated and officers recovered five stolen cell phones. The suspects Tyrell Jerome Williams, 18; Daniel Earl Coates, 27; and James Dionte Taylor, 18, all of Waldorf, were arrested and charged with theft. Pfc J. Garner and Pfc C. McPherson made the arrests.

RECOVERED STOLEN VEHICLE: On June 5 at 2 a.m., Officer E. Weaver was patrolling the 3000 block of Crain Highway in Waldorf when he observed a suspicious vehicle parked in the parking lot of a fast food restaurant. A computer check revealed the car was stolen from Montgomery County. The female driver of the car was operating the vehicle on a suspended driver's license and the male occupant had an open warrant in Prince George's County. A 4-year-old male was also in the car; he was taken to a relative's house. The driver was charged with driving on a suspended license and the male was charged with having an open warrant. Both were charged with possession of a stolen vehicle.

Disclaimer: In the U.S.A., all persons accused of a crime by the State are presumed to be innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. See: http://somd.me/presumed-innocence. Additionally, all of the information provided above is solely from the perspective of the respective law enforcement agency and does not provide any direct input from the accused or persons otherwise mentioned. You can find additional information about the case by searching the Maryland Judiciary Case Search Database using the accused's name and date of birth. The database is online at http://somd.me/mdcasesearch . Persons named who have been found innocent or not guilty of all charges in the respective case, and/or have had the case ordered expunged by the court can have their name, age, and city redacted by following the process defined at http://somd.me/expungeme .

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